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The Best Vegan Recipe Box And Meal Delivery Services

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Whether you’re planning to make a short-term switch to a vegan diet through a challenge like Veganuary, or have a lifelong swap from meat to plants planned, it’s not always easy to know what to cook when you first make the change. You might start with grand aspirations about the many interesting plant-based meals you’re going to make, but after a couple of weeks, when you’re chowing down on yet another plate of chips, you might concede that some help is needed when it comes to make a vegan diet healthy and varied.

Enter two types of subscription services: the recipe box and the meal delivery service. The former sends all the ingredients you need to make a healthy, easy and delicious plant-based meal to your door with clear instructions on how to put them together, while the latter sends prepared meals for you to reheat. Here are our favourites for you to try, and since we’ve tried everything on this page (and more) we’ve marked out the standouts with our Editor’s Choice badge.

The Best Vegan Recipe Boxes

Gousto vegan recipe boxEditor’s Choice 2020 Award Logo

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The best all-round recipe box service

Specifications

Price: From £4.37pp for two-person meals, £2.98pp for family meals

Reasons to buy

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Clear instructions
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Extensive choice
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Good value

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly confusing website

With Gousto’s recipe boxes you pick from a large selection of meals each week and there are always several excellent vegan options. The recipes are always easy to make and meticulously planned so you’re not rushing to get them done in the predicted prep time.

The meals are also divided up into different ranges, including Lean In 15 meals from Joe Wicks. This range includes one vegan option at the moment with others on the way, including an appetising miso tofu with stir-fried ginger greens recipe. The meals don’t all take 15 minutes to make, but they are all marked as either high or low in carbs, so you can pick meals that line up with your dietary requirements or your day’s activities. As keen runners we preferred the high-carb recipes to refuel after training, while the low-carb options are better for rest days.

Gousto’s boxes are also slightly cheaper than rivals like Mindful Chef. The cheapest option for two people is £34.99 for four meals.

Read more in our Gousto review


Mindful Chef vegan recipe boxEditor’s Choice 2021 Award Logo

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Lower-carb recipes that tickle the tastebuds

Specifications

Price: From £5.25 per serving

Reasons to buy

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Tasty, healthy meals
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Varied menu

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than others
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Recipes can be tricky at times

Mindful Chef caters to everyone: all its food is gluten- and dairy-free, and pescetarian and plant-based options available – you just have to be OK with its low-carb approach to meal times. Each week the menu includes several vegan options you can select to build your box, and while we’ve found Mindful Chef recipes to be slightly trickier than most in the past, they’re all, without exception, easy on the tastebuds.

Read more in our Mindful Chef review


Grubby recipe box

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An all-vegan recipe box with a focus on sustainability

Specifications

Price: From £26 for two meals

Reasons to buy

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Vegan menu
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Sustainable approach
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Variety of veg 

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than others 
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Limited range

Unlike most recipe box services that merely offer a plant-based option, Grubby is all-in on vegan meals. It’s also all-in on sustainability, with 100% recyclable and compostable packaging, ingredients mostly sourced from local farmers and a delivery strategy that aims to use pedal power where possible – all London orders are delivered by bicycle.

The meals are easy to make in around 30 minutes, contain a pleasing variety of vegetables and taste good too. All in all, Grubby is a great option for midweek dinners if you want to expand your menu in a healthy and eco-friendly way. The only downside is that the meals are more expensive than those from many other recipe box providers.

Read more in our Grubby review


Green Chef recipe box

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An easy-to-use service

Specifications

Price: From £4.70pp

Reasons to buy

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Clear instructions
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Easy-to-use website

Reasons to avoid

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Higher in calories than others
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Smaller menu than rivals

The Green Chef’s recipe box service has five diet options available, one of which is vegan. Although the range of meals available isn’t huge, there are at least five vegan options to pick from to make up your weekly box. When we tested the service we were impressed at the range and quantity of vegetables in The Green Chef’s meals, and in general they were tasty, satisfying and easy to make in around 30 minutes.

Read more in our Green Chef review

The Best Vegan Meal Delivery Services

Allplants spiced squash grain bowlEditor’s Choice 2021 Award Logo

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The best vegan meal delivery service

Specifications

Price: Six-meal box £40.50, 12-meal box £59.88

Reasons to buy

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Varied and tasty meals
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Two or more of your five-a-day
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Convenient

Reasons to avoid

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Cheaper options available

Our favourite purely plant-based meal delivery service, Allplants, doesn’t just cover your dinners – it has lunch and breakfast options too, as well as dessert, sides and smoothies. We’ve tested several of the dinners, lunches and sides, and have yet to come across one we didn’t rate – they’re all delicious, satisfying and healthy. Each of them contains at least two portions of your five-a-day, is high in fibre, and comes in under 600 calories, with low-calorie meals available too.

The ingredients used are impressively varied, and we bet even the most adventurous eaters will come across plants and recipes that are new to them. The new lunch bowls are a knockout too, each containing a variety of veg and grains alongside an out-of-the-ordinary mash like coconut and edamame.

You buy boxes of either six or 12 frozen meals (with the 12 meals you get two lots of six meals, rather than 12 different ones), and each meal takes six to 10 minutes to heat up in the microwave. Allplants scores well on sustainability too: not only can you recycle the meal trays, but you can return all packaging used to post them to you free, which the company will then reuse. The website is also transparent about supply chains and how Allplants is working to reduce its impact on the environment. Bravo.

Read more in our Allplants review


Planty frozen mealsEditor’s Choice 2020 Award Logo

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2. Planty

Balanced meals with an easy-to-use website

Specifications

Price: From £4.95 per meal

Reasons to buy

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Easy order process
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Variety of meals
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Tasty and easy

Reasons to avoid

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Not all meals microwave well

Planty’s frozen meals are tasty, convenient and packed with a wide variety of healthy veg, and even fruit sometimes – the butternut and mango madras we tried was excellent. The company also has placed a welcome focus on sustainability, using 100% recyclable packaging and offering carbon-neutral deliveries.

You can buy the meals in a box of six, eight or 10 meals, choosing to either subscribe or receive a single delivery, with the subscription option netting you a discount (£4.95 per meal for a box of 10 as opposed to £5.45 if bought as a one-off). The meals can be heated up in a microwave straight from the freezer in under 10 minutes, and we found the portion sizes filling enough to avoid between-meal snacking, though an extra side will be welcome on more active days.

The highlights of the 10 dishes we tried were the curries and stews, along with the BBQ banana blossom burrito, which emerged from our microwave tasting fresh and delicious.


Balance Box meals tested by the author

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Healthy, low-cal meals

Specifications

Price: From £26.99 per day (1,200 calories), £32.99 per day (1,800 calories)

Reasons to buy

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Low-cal but satisfying
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Meals and snacks included
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Detailed instructions included

Reasons to avoid

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Cheaper options available
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No higher-calorie options
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High delivery costs

Balance Box has a plant-based menu that you can use within either of its low-calorie meal plans – the Lighter plan has 1,200-1,300 calories per day and the Market plan has 1,700-1,800. Both are designed to help you lose weight and contain three meals and two snacks, which are delivered to your door.

The plant-based meal plan was one of the healthiest we’ve come across: all the meals we tested contained a pleasing variety of vegetables and legumes to help you not only smash your five-a-day but eat 30 different plant sources of fibre each week, which is great for your gut health.

We tested the Market plan and initially feared it may not keep hunger at bay, but even on active days it’s amazing how satiating a box of vegetables can be. That said, you do feel like you’re eating healthy, low-cal meals. It hasn’t quite pulled off the trick the best meal delivery services do, which is to make healthy meals feel like a real treat.

Read more in our Balance Box review


The Transformation Chef gardener’s pie

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4. The Transformation Chef

Ready meals at their best

Specifications

Price: Meals from £5.95

Reasons to buy

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Delicious and satisfying 
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Variety of meals

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than others
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More veg would be good
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Not many vegan options

Balance is the name of the game for these microwave meals, which don’t go all-out to be healthy at the cost of flavour – instead, they aim to impress on both counts. They certainly tick the flavour box, being right up there with the tastiest ready meals we’ve tried, and they’re pretty low in calories: everything we ate was under 600 calories and there are many meals that are under 400.

The range of vegan meals isn’t extensive, but there are five options on the website at the time of writing, and they’re nice enough that you’d happily eat each two or three times. In order to avoid the traditional dryness that plagues microwave meals (especially healthier options), The Transformation Chef is pleasingly liberal with the sauces. The only real criticism we have about the meals is they don’t pack in as much veg as we’d like, and they’re sometimes a little on the small side, especially if you live an active lifestyle. Fortunately, both problems are solved by quickly whipping up a side dish of veg.

You can buy individual meals or create a bespoke menu with a nutritionist to suit your health and fitness targets.


KBK plant-based meals

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5. KBK

Low-cal microwave meals to help you hit fitness goals

Specifications

Price: From £15.75 a day (currently reduced to £10.24 per day)

Reasons to buy

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Meals tailored to fitness goals
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Balanced, low-cal meals

Reasons to avoid

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Higher-calorie option would be useful

The extensive range of meal plans available from KBK includes a plant-based option, which offers two or three meals a day for six days a week. It’s a shame that KBK doesn’t offer vegan versions of its other plans, which include fitness-focused menus like one to help you get lean, as well as office-ready and student plans. The plant-based plan is also light on nutritional detail, aside from telling you the calorie count is 1,500 a day, which is pretty low.

We tried KBK’s meals, although not the plant-based plan, but we feel confident the vegan meals will be just as tasty as the animal-based ones. The meals come in microwaveable containers but lack nutritional info, which would have been useful to see on the label. You have to sign up for four weeks on the service if you opt for a KBK plan, but there are three-day taster plans, which we’d advise doing because the low-calorie approach won’t work for everyone.


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Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.